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simper

[sim-per] /ˈsɪm pər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to smile in a silly, self-conscious way.
verb (used with object)
2.
to say with a simper.
noun
3.
a silly, self-conscious smile.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; akin to Middle Dutch zimperlijc, dialectal Danish simper affected, Danish sippe affected woman, orig. one who sips (see sip), a way of drinking thought to be affected
Related forms
simperer, noun
simperingly, adverb
unsimpering, adjective
Synonyms
1, 3. smirk, snigger, snicker.
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Examples for simpering
  • There was not a touch of simpering, self-satisfied conventionality anywhere in the exhibition.
  • And maybe a bit more training in smiling and simpering wouldn't go amiss for a lot of hospital staff.
  • Her range consists mostly of two expressions: awkward simpering and clumsy pouting.
  • Wolff portrays his partner as a wealthy, simpering venture capitalist wannabe, and makes disagreeable sport of deceiving him.
British Dictionary definitions for simpering

simper

/ˈsɪmpə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to smile coyly, affectedly, or in a silly self-conscious way
2.
(transitive) to utter (something) in a simpering manner
noun
3.
a simpering smile; smirk
Derived Forms
simperer, noun
simpering, adjective, noun
simperingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: probably from Dutch simper affected
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Word Origin and History for simpering
simper
c.1563, perhaps from a Scand. source (e.g. dial. Dan. semper "affected, coy, prudish") or M.Du. zimperlijk "affected, coy, prim."
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